Garmin® Brings Backup Camera Support to Entry-Level Navigation Devices with 2015 nüvi® Essential Series

New Navigation Features Make it Easier to Find Places and Follow Directions

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:
GRMN), today announced the 2015
nüvi Essential Series
, the company’s first entry-level lineup of
navigation devices with backup camera support. Every year, thousands of
drivers get into accidents when reversing because they can’t see what’s
behind their vehicle1. By adding a backup camera option to
its value-priced navigators, Garmin makes this important technology
accessible to more drivers. The BC 30TM backup camera2
is sold separately and provides a live camera feed from the rear of the
vehicle to eliminate the blind spot. The new Essential Series also
boasts several navigation features previously only available on
higher-priced models, such as Garmin Real DirectionsTM,
Direct Access and Foursquare® data. The 2015 nüvi Essential
Series is being showcased in the Garmin booth (South Hall 4 #35811) at
this year’s CES.

“Starting at only $129.99, the nüvi Essential Series has long been our
best-selling automotive product line,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice
president of worldwide sales. “These standalone navigators have always
offered a best-in-class navigation experience and new features make it
even easier to get around. Millions of drivers are now also able to
upgrade their vehicle with backup camera technology that helps avoid
collisions when reversing.”

Mounted on the rear of the vehicle, the optional BC 30 wireless backup
camera is rugged enough to withstand even the harshest of weather
(professional installation recommended). If the camera is wired to the
reverse lights for power, the navigator can automatically display the
live camera feed every time the vehicle is shifted into reverse (and
back to navigation mode when shifted into a forward gear). A simple
button press will toggle between camera and navigation modes if the
camera is plugged into constant power.

The 2015 Essential Series boasts several features that are new to the
entry-level lineup and make it easier than ever for drivers to find
their way. Only available from Garmin, Real Directions guide drivers in
a natural and intuitive way. The feature uses recognizable landmarks,
buildings, traffic lights and stop signs to give directions. For
example, it tells drivers to “turn right after the Starbucks®
or “turn left at the traffic light.” Additionally, the new navigators
feature millions of preloaded places from Foursquare to find and explore
new and popular businesses, stores, restaurants or other destinations.
Users can easily search for Foursquare places using Garmin’s signature
“Where to?” menu to get directions.

Direct Access is a new feature to the Essential Series that helps users
navigate to complex destinations, like malls and airports. Users can
easily search for restaurants and stores inside a mall; or terminals,
parking, and auto rentals inside an airport. The new navigators
automatically guide drivers to the entrance that’s closest to their
final destination and indicate where it is located. The nüvi will, for
example, say: “American Eagle Outfitters® is inside,
on the upper level.”

Additional navigation features include lane assist with junction view to
help drivers navigate interchanges with ease; school zone warnings that
appear as both an audible and on-screen alert; and Up Ahead, which
appears alongside the driving map to constantly inform of nearby
services, including restaurants, fuel stations and rest areas. The new
Essential models also display current street, speed, speed limit and
arrival time.

The 2015 Essential Series features large 5 and 6-inch dual-orientation
displays that allow users to view more driving-related information at a
glance. All devices come preloaded with HERE Maps and points of interest
that don’t rely on cellular signals and are unaffected by cellular dead
zones. Select models include lifetime map updates3 and free
lifetime traffic avoidance4 without any ads or subscriptions.

The 2015 nüvi Essential Series is available now and suggested retail
prices range from $129.99 to $209.99. The optional BC 30 backup camera
has a suggested retail price of $169.99.

The 2015 nüvi Essential Series is the latest from Garmin’s consumer
automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of portable
navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s
user-friendly navigation solutions have innovative features that provide
time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark.

Garmin and nüvi are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its
subsidiaries. Foursquare is a registered trademark of Foursquare Labs,
Inc. American Eagle Outfitters is a trademark of AEO Management Co.
Starbucks is a registered trademark of Starbucks. All other brands,
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2 Sold separately.

3 Lifetime Maps entitle you to receive map updates when and as such
updates are made available by Garmin during the useful life of 1
compatible Garmin product or as long as Garmin receives map data from a
third party supplier, whichever is shorter. For the meaning of a
product’s “useful life” and for other important terms and conditions,
please see

4 Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic
receiver or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic
supplier, whichever is shorter. A traffic receiver’s “useful life” means
the period during which the receiver (a) has the required technical
capabilities to utilize current traffic data service and (b) is capable
of operating as intended without major repairs. Traffic content not
available in all areas.


Garmin International Inc.Johan-Till Broer, [email protected]